Championship race centerpiece of IndyCar return to Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — IndyCar's championship race is the centerpiece of the long-awaited return to Portland International Raceway, once a schedule staple for American open wheel racing and now a throwback to headier times.
Fan support has dwindled at Toronto IndyCar race
TORONTO (AP) — It has been nearly 10 years since Paul Godfrey brokered a deal to secure $2 million in provincial and municipal subsidies to help bring Toronto's IndyCar race back from the dead.
Fans, however, have been lukewarm about the race since it returned to the city in 2009 after a one-year hiatus.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon didn't spend much time sharing the spot with Michael Andretti for the third-most wins in Indy-car history.
A week after a matching victory, Dixon led the last 119 laps in the IndyCar Series race at Texas on Saturday night to move ahead of Andretti with career win No. 43.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):
Scott Dixon won his second consecutive IndyCar Series race to quickly break a tie for the third-most career wins in Indy-car history.
Dixon led 119 of 248 laps at Texas on Saturday night for his 43rd career victory. A week ago at Detroit, he won to match Michael Andretti's 42 wins. Dixon trails only A.J. Foyt's 67 wins and Mario Andretti's 52.
Scott Dixon is looking for just a bit more consistency from start to finish on race weekends, even if he hasn't placed out of the top five in more than a month.
Imagine what Dixon could accomplish the rest of this IndyCar season once he really feels like he's in a groove behind the wheel of the No. 9 Honda.
Dixon earns first IndyCar win of season
DETROIT (AP) — Scott Dixon won his 42nd IndyCar race, pulling even with Michael Andretti for third on the career list.
Dixon did it by outlasting three of Andretti's drivers — including his son.
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest from Saturday's IndyCar race at Belle Isle (all times local):
Scott Dixon raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, outlasting Ryan Hunter-Reay by 1.8 seconds at Belle Isle.
Dixon hadn't led a lap all season until Saturday, but this was his fourth top-five finish in seven races this year. It was his 42nd career victory in the series, moving him into a tie for third on the career list with Michael Andretti.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colton Herta held off on kissing the bricks when his father won the Indianapolis 500.
He finally did it after winning the Freedom 100.
After winning both Indy Lights races on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the son of longtime IndyCar driver Bryan Herta completed a May sweep by winning the Carb Day feature Friday. Herta went to the lead on the final lap and managed to hold off a pair of teammates.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Takuma Sato learned a tough, painful lesson from his spectacular final lap crash at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.
Eventually, it paid dividends.
The Japanese driver believes he might not be the defending Indy winner heading into Sunday's race had it not been for the ill-fated passing attempt that sent him spinning hard into the first-turn wall and gave Dario Franchitti his third and final race win six years ago.
Detroit — IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan has cherished memories from races at Belle Isle, a reason he was in town Tuesday afternoon to promote the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, which will be held on June 1-3.
Sato still celebrating historic Indy 500 win
DETROIT (AP) — When Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 last year, owner Michael Andretti understood right away how significant the victory was.
The Latest: Ganassi has spoken to Patrick about 2018 races
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's championship weekend (all times local):
Team Chip Ganassi says he has spoken to Danica Patrick about possibly allowing her to drive for him in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500.
Patrick announced her retirement from full-time racing Friday but added that she will do the "Danica Double" in 2018.
Michael Andretti to join Roger Penske in racing Down Under
SYDNEY (AP) — Michael Andretti is going to join Roger Penske in racing Down Under next year on the V8 Supercars circuit.
Andretti Autosport and McLaren Formula One chief Zak Brown's United Autosports announced late Thursday that they would buy into the Walkinshaw Racing on the Australian touring car circuit.
From Jan. 1, they said the team will be known as Walkinshaw Andretti Autosport, pending Supercars approval.
Andretti Autosport inks multiyear extension with Honda
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andretti Autosport has signed a multiyear extension with Honda.
Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti said Thursday that the team has a great history of success with the Japanese automaker and he has no doubt that it "will continue to grow." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Andretti is back in the garage after having his spleen and gall bladder removed last month.
The former NASACAR and IndyCar driver returned to the team's Indianapolis headquarters.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Scott Dixon spoiled Team Penske's party at Road America.
First, his Chip Ganassi Racing team had to fix a faulty fuel cell on the No. 9 Honda that provided nervous moments during warmups Sunday.
The payoff came a few hours later when Dixon held off Josef Newgarden after a restart with eight laps to go to win the IndyCar race at the rural Wisconsin road course.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The motorsports critics kept saying Andretti Autosport was stretching itself too thin by fielding an audacious six entries for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
Good thing Michael Andretti doesn't listen to the critics.
Four of those entries combined to lead 95 of the 200 laps Sunday, and Takuma Sato held off Helio Castroneves to give the team owner his third win in fourth years.
"I think we're a happy team," Sato said with a smile.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At the end of 500 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a former Formula One driver who took the checkered flag.
He even drove for Andretti Autosport.
It just wasn't Fernando Alonso.
Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All the negative publicity Honda received in the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 washed away when Takuma Sato dumped a bottle of 2 percent milk over his head in victory lane.
So what if three Honda engines blew up Sunday while they were running with the leaders?
It only took one to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Andretti's busiest month could turn into his best Indianapolis show.
He has four cars in the front three rows of Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
Two of those drivers — the defending race champion, Alexander Rossi, and this year's highest-profile rookie, Fernando Alonso — avoided getting sidetracked by sideshows.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti posted the fastest lap in Monday's first Indianapolis 500 practice. He completed the 2.5-mile oval in 226.338 mph.
Scott Dixon was second at 225.296 mph. Andretti and Dixon both use Honda engines.
Two-time Indy pole winner Ed Carpenter had the top Chevrolet car, finishing third at 224.969 mph on a warm, sunny day. Honda drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Andretti spent more than a decade as one of auto racing's true iron men.
He started 49 consecutive IndyCar races from 1990-92 before moving to NASCAR, where he made 29 or more starts every year from 1994-2003. He was the first driver to attempt the Memorial Day double. And when his driving career was winding down, Andretti still found a way to give something back to the fans and the sport.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso got his first real lesson in IndyCar racing on Wednesday.
It's not easy, even for a two-time Formula One champion.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Andretti Autosport has chosen British driver Jack Harvey for its fifth entry into next month's Indianapolis 500.
It will be the first IndyCar Series race for Harvey, who has raced in 30 Indy Lights events and won the British F3 championship in 2003.
Michael Andretti called Harvey "a rising talent in open-wheel racing," and noted the organization has watched him progress in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and the British F3 series.
IndyCar signs extensions with its 4 major partners
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — IndyCar has signed multi-year extensions with all four of its major partners, including engine makers Chevrolet and Honda.
Also extended were tire supplier Firestone and chassis maker Dallara, which said in January it would stay in IndyCar through 2020. Firestone, Chevrolet and Honda would not discuss the length of their extensions.
IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye said signing all four partners was part of the series' "five-year plan."
Andretti, Steinbrenners team up with teenager Colton Herta
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Teenage racer Colton Herta might have been the feature attraction of just about any other major driver announcement.
On Thursday, the American teenager took a backseat to everyone else on center stage — Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner, son George Steinbrenner IV and former racing star Michael Andretti.
Takuma Sato joins Andretti for 2017 IndyCar season
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Japanese veteran Takuma Sato will drive the No. 26 Honda for Andretti Autosport during the 2017 IndyCar season.
The move was announced Friday by CEO Michael Andretti, who said being part of a four-driver team will benefit Sato through collaboration and support. The other drivers are Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti.
Andretti, Herta teaming up again for 2017 season
The Indycar ownership tandem of Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta has decided to stay together after a Herta-guided entry with rookie driver Alexander Rossi at the wheel won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The teams made the announcement Friday.
Andretti called Herta "a true asset to our organization" and said "We are eager to see what next season has in store."
Finding Carl Haas in an IndyCar garage was a simple matter of looking for the man with the cigar. His name was just as easy to spot in the record books as well.
Haas, co-founder of Newman-Haas Racing with late actor Paul Newman, has died. He was 86.
His company, Carl Haas Automobile Imports Inc., posted a statement on its website Thursday saying Haas died on June 29 at his home surrounded by family.
Newman-Haas established itself as one of the most successful...